Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Book vs Movie~ P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Holly and Gerry had the perfect life. Happily married, living in Dublin close to their friends and family, and with a brilliant social life, they had the world at their feet. Or so they thought. When Gerry dies, Holly is devastated. On the eve of her 30th birthday, the man who was her lover, her best friend, her rock, has left her. But Gerry promised he'd always be there for Holly. And he is: his last bequest to her is The List, a bundle of notes which form a monthly mission for Holly to get her life back on track. As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows Holly better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing - and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises - but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.

I watched the movie BEFORE reading the book and participating in the Book to Movie Challenge. I loved the movie and so I chose this book to be included in my "picks".
my thoughts:
I so loved the book more than the movie. Don't get me wrong, the movie is one of my top favorite "chick flicks". BUT. THE. BOOK. IS. SO. MUCH. BETTER.
Although I will say as I was reading the book, I did picture Hillary Swank (as Holly), Gerard Butler (as Gerry) and Kathy Bates (as Holly's mum). The book delved much deeper into the emotions of not just Holly, but everyone who knew Gerry. There were some MAJOR differences in the book, but the main point remained the same. The letters that Gerry had written to Holly prior to his death. I have the habit of reading until my eyes pop out of my head, but with P.S. I Love You, I couldn't do that. I had to take regular breaks, go outside, do a load of laundry or just watch tv. It was an emotional roller coaster, and I had to jump off, alot. By the time I finished last night, I was exhausted. Cecelia Ahern is a fantastic writer who squeezes every drop of emotion out of her characters.
my suggestion:
Buy the book. Buy the movie. If you only have 2 hours and feel like you need a good cleansing cry, watch the movie. If you have a weekend and feel like you need a good cleansing cry, read the book. It's what I'm going to do!

2 / 6 books. 33% done!


MISSY said...

I have read the book, but didn't really want to see the movie. I was afraid it would ruin what good memories I had of the book! I loved it!

Linda Ellen said...

I have a copy of this books because another reader had suggested it, but I didn't get around to reading it yet. I didn't see the movie. Roller coasters are fun, but I'll keep a mental note about the emotional roller coasters this story would offer. Thanks for the heads up. =)

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